<jmd> what in the heck is a pith helmet?
<dagbrown> It's a helmet made from pith.
<jmd> n 1: soft spongelike central cylinder of the stems of most
<jmd> flowering plants
<jmd> and why would you build a helmet from that?
<dagbrown> Yah, if you dry it out it gets really hard, but while it's soft you can form it into, say, a helmet.
<jmd> oh... weird...
<mendel> jmd -- I dunno, almost as silly as making a HAT out of GRASS.
* jmd suggests steel
<zoratu> steel is bad for helmets.
<mendel> Er, steel's pretty heavy, you know. But I guess that's why you don't make helmets.
<jmd> well, iron?
<jmd> what'd they use in 14th centuryish
<jmd> not shit from flowers
<mendel> Pith helmets were not worn by knights.
<jmd> who else needs a helmet?
<mendel> NOTE: NO-ONE ELSE IN HISTORY OR MODERNITY HAS WORN A HELMET
<jmd> well, baseball players...
<jmd> but I think those are plastic
[ten minutes pass, conversation turns to foreskin reattachment surgery and beyond]
<jmd> $100 says the average person has no idea what a pith helmet is